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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Sure enough, evening the opening spiel led with The Great Leak Case. The tapes are "the smoking gun" for "Dick 'Deadeye' Cheney", the Blackwater victims didn't have armored vehicles, Rupert Murdoch is eeevil, American Idol, and the astronaut arrest case. All that and more on an especially despicable Hour of Spin.
KO started out by saying Bush's 16 words have been "debunked", they were "lies", and he has the tapes! Well, the tapes don't prove either of those claims, but Olby played lengthy excerpts regarding The Leak. Slippery himself came on to serve up the same prosecution-oriented summaries he always delivers. He also summed up Tim Russert's "twelve minutes on direct" and, in a passing nod to fairness, actually mentioned the cross. But he did it Schuster-style: the defense "went too far", the "body language" of the jury proved that, they were "picking out words" and trying to "impeach his credibility". No, really? Not one specific exchange was described by slippery (see also: mongrels, below). Great Thanks.
Wait! Stop the tivo! Slippery Shuster reporting on the testimony of his DC boss, Tim Russert? Isn't that a slight conflict of interest? NBC thought so, and they declared that, without any doubt, people who report to Russert will not be reporting on his testimony. Izzat so? Apparently, on MSLSD, even the most minimal standards of ethics can be dispensed with, if it helps advance the spin of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann.
When Richard Wolffe showed up, Olby impartially asked if these tapes don't "take the air out" of the administration's "credibility". And won't these tapes affect the 2008 elections? (Welcome to Wish Fulfillment Theater.) The Wolffe Man of course agreed. Oh, and John Warner committed a "flip-flop". Great thanks.
#4: Chopper downed in Iraq: Oralmann suggested that the downing of choppers could mean the insurgents have "developed" new technology. It is beyond his comprehension that someone (
The entirety of #3 was an attack on Rupert Murdoch and Fox. Nothing new there, but why did Olby unearth a story from almost two weeks ago, and play that card now? We'll let you figure that out. This was all about an off-hand remark by Murdoch that got big play in the usual precincts (Blue Blog Source: News Corpse). Did NewsCorp influence the Iraq war agenda? Murdoch: I don't think so; we tried... We basically supported the policy in the Middle East, but were critical of its execution. Rachel Maddow of Err America was the impartial expert called in to analyze. Olby bragged that he had a tape of the statement, but didn't play it. We'll let you figure that out too. Monkeymann: "I don't know anybody at Fox Noise" who admits they were "critical" of the policy. Hmm, let see. Alan Colmes. Shep Smith. Col David Hunt. Wesley Clark. Geraldo Rivera. That's five right there. Does that make this five Olbermann lies? Nah, we'll count it as one. Fat Ass Olbermann compared Fox News to the tobacco companies, Maddow likened them to Father Coughlin-style demagoguery, and a good time was had by all--at least all who subscribe to Herr Olbermann's most insatiable obsession.
Then another story about the "mean" American Idol, noted by Oralmann as a Rupert Murdoch product, Snickers ads, Britney Spears, and the maybe murderous astronaut. In the Media Matters Minute, "Man on Fan" Olbermann avoided controversy (segment #3 satisfied his Fox fixation) and named three unknown civilians.
Muted mongrels: Today's Great Leak Case coverage was as one-sided as ever, with the additional element that it was sanitized to protect Tim Russert. How sanitized was it? Olby & Co went into his direct testimony in great depth, but just read how badly Russert was hammered in the cross-examination (you know, the part of the testimony Slippery Shuster neglected to detail). Herr Olbermann understandably did not report on Jimmy Carter's slashing attack on--of all people--the Simon Wiesenthal Center. And not just because he shares Carter's biases, but also because he would have to explain the controversy over Jimmy's book, something he has steadfastly avoided on each and every edition of The Hour of Spin. Keith Olbermann always protects his Party, so naturally he spiked any discussion of this. Other news censored from The Hour of Spin: the Mayor of DC wants to put that city's handgun ban on hold. Another major American city has made English its official language. An Iranian television program claims Zionism comes from Nazism. Venezuela isn't keen on fighting the war on drugs. Al-Qaeda operatives caught in Afghanistan. Letter bombs in the UK.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #5,524 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #177. (That 2-for-$25 sale again!) The OlbyTome is #2,737 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #311 there, and is now in its 18th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Tuesday's Countdown used to struggle against the rerun of Deal or No Deal, which regularly dumped Olby into third or fourth (sometimes fifth) place. But to protect The Future of Television News, CNBC quietly moved Howie Mandel to an hour later and slotted a low-rated financial show in the 8:00 pm hour. So KO got second place, though The Factor audience outpolled Monkeymann by more than four to one in total viewers, and two to one in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off.